It was a
long but rewarding process. After the
surgical stage and several visits to the dentist, your implant-supported
denture is now installed. A lot has changed in your mouth and it is ok to give
you time to adapt. However, it is common at dental clinics to see that even
while the denture and implants were installed perfectly, over the course of
some years patients often return with problems. If you have had an All-on-4 or
you are considering one, you must be aware the key towards its long-term
success is an excellent oral hygiene. Your dentures are supported by implants,
which although integrated remain foreign bodies that could be rejected over
time if bacteria or excessive stress undermine their correct function. Here is
a list of recommendations that will help you enjoy your implant-supported
dentures for many years to come.
- Visit your dentist at least once a
year for a thorough checkup and twice a year for a cleaning and possible
adjustments. The fact that your teeth are no longer natural, does not mean you
are done with going to the dentist. Patients with this kind of restoration in
fact require regular attention. Since it cannot be removed, it can sometimes be
hard to clean on certain areas, especially if more implants are involved. Residues
of food or bacteria can not only endanger the implants, but can also cause gum
inflammation or fungal diseases where not cleaned properly. The dentist can
often remove the denture and give a thorough clean.
- Use a Waterpik twice a day. Just as with natural
teeth, your routine should include removing the food residue, and this is
easily done with a Waterpik. These are usually accessible and available in many
pharmacies. Dentists recommend using it on low or medium because high can over
time wear away the acrylic. This technique will allow you access beneath the
denture which you can do so by the front or by the back.
- Floss under the denture at least
once a day. Super Floss by Oral B is great because it includes a stiff end that
helps with manipulation. Also, the spongy floss is useful for the gap between
your gums and the denture.
- Get appropriate tooth brushes. There
is a wide variety of sizes and functions in tooth brushes. Thinner and
interdental brushes can help you reach the difficult areas of the implant-supported
denture. They also help massaging the gums, which propitiates blood flow and
regeneration. Remember to brush your teeth at least twice a day.
- Rinse daily with an antiseptic,
alcohol-free mouthwash. This will help remove food particles that were not reached with
the above methods. If swelling occurs, try rinsing with warm salt water for 2
or 3 days. If the swelling persists, visit your dentist as soon as possible.
Adequate oral hygiene is essential for a successful All-on-4. Dental implants require a more thorough and dedicated cleaning routine because bacteria can cause infections and therefore bone loss on implants. At the Costa Rica Dental Team, we are experts in prosthetic rehabilitation and we will design your denture to be as easy to clean as possible. However, we recommend our patients to visit Costa Rica once per year for a thorough evaluation. Contact us to schedule your next All-on-4 cleaning.